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    This is soooo sad
    I say the private hospy obs for turning her away

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    Quote Originally Posted by GM01 View Post
    I'm studying medical negligence at the moment, and there would be so many factors to analyse there's just no way of pointing the finger easily.

    Even when a tragedy happens, if everyone involved has used their standard industry practices then there would be no blame and noone to be held accountable.

    It's also important to note that if negligence was investigated, its all about what people knew at the time, and does not consider any retrospectiveness. If the woman had stopped bleeding, had no signs of heart problems etc at the time and no history to suggest she would, then unfortunately this may be a tragic accident.
    I did consider writing that it is just s tragic accident in my op. I think it's difficult to point the finger.

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    How sad

    The private hospital knew her case and should have aided a smooth transition to a facility that could deal with her.

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    If the private hospital KNEW she had placenta previa, why did they not transfer her prenatal care to a hospital who was able to care for her in the event of a bleed???? Bleeding is a known risk with placenta previa, so I'm very confused as to why they would continue to care for her when they knew she was at risk of a bleed???

    I had a low lying placenta, and was booked into a public hospital. They emphasised to me that if I ever had a bleed that I was to come in immediately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    Yes, this happened. St George private, St George public and Sutherland (where the patient was taken by ambos)
    Omg. These are all my locals. I've had 2 at St George public. Sutherland is a very low risk maternity hospital why would they send her there?!? Why not Randwick which is high risk? This poor family Was this recent Big Red?

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    Would earlier surgery have meant she wouldn't have the post operative bleeding or cardiac arrest? Or could it have been the same result even if the private hospital did the c-section?

    I have never really dealt with medical negligence. Is a hospital negligent if they fail to take somebody due to a space issue? I don't know.

    I fail to see how the ambulance would be negligent. They couldn't have administered the care she needed themselves so just had to ferry her from hospital to hospital.

    Awful story anyway.

    Outside of negligence, it highlights the common issue with public hospitals in having to turn people away or keep them waiting in ambulances due to space shortages.

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    Ambos dispatchers work of a computer program that grades the priority of the emergency. They are not given detailed training in medical conditions etc. I think it's would be remiss to place the blame on the dispatcher. This sounds like a giant mess between hospitals and doctors. Sutherland is a low risk Hosp. St George private had a duty of care to this woman and turned her away. St George public is a big hospital..., but full is full. What a tragedy. I don't know who is at fault but my guess is the coroner will determine that. How sad.

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    Sounds like the first hospital is to blame to me. They were the ones that were supposed to organise a safe transition to the other hospital and they didn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MsMummy View Post

    Outside of negligence, it highlights the common issue with public hospitals in having to turn people away or keep them waiting in ambulances due to space shortages.
    Also highlights the lack of emergency facilities available at private hospital.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Atropos View Post
    Also highlights the lack of emergency facilities available at private hospital.
    I get confused with private hospitals and emergency. My closest hospital is private, and i have PHI, but I don't know if I actually go there in an emergency?

    Do private hospitals only do certain areas of medicine? You would think a maternity hospital would be equipped to deal with emergency pregnancy issues.


 

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